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Affiliate Showcase

January 25, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Save the date for ISGMH’s first Affiliate Showcase! Featuring short presentations and a panel-based discussion, this showcase will highlight the diverse and innovative sexual and gender minority research being done by ISGMH affiliate faculty members.

Lunch will be served. This lecture will be streamed on BlueJeans for those who wish to join remotely.


Our first Affiliate Showcase panel will feature:


A headshot of Lisa HirschhornLisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH, (she/her) is a professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School. Dr. Hirschhorn will be presenting the planned work of the IKNOW (Improving health Knowledge and Opportunity for women) which is designed to understand the challenges for women, mainly African American to accessing PrEP in Chicago. Currently, Dr. Hirschhorn’s team is planning surveys to explore knowledge, attitudes and experience with PrEP among women including learning from women who have succeeded in accessing PrEP in Chicago. The results will inform development of interventions to address identified gaps


Before coming to Northwestern in October 2017, Dr. Hirschhorn has held a number of positions over the last three decades including Director of HIV Services at Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Senior Clinical Advisor for HIV at JSI Research and Training, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality for Partners In Health in Boston and most recently as Director of Implementation and Improvement Science at Ariadne Labs, a health systems innovation partnership between Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital founded by Dr. Atul Gawande. Trained in primary care, infectious disease and public health, she has worked to develop and implement better methods to measure and improve quality of care for people living with HIV and other underserved populations in the US and globally. She is a leader in the fields of implementation and improvement science focused on to evaluating and spreading effective approaches to improve the quality, equity and delivery of services in HIV, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases and primary care in the US and low and middle-income countries. At Northwestern, she is a member of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, Advisor for the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology and Affiliate in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. She has published widely and serves as an advisor on monitoring, evaluation and quality measurement and improvement for a number of national and international organizations. Feinberg faculty profile 


A headshot of Amy JohnsonAmy K. Johnson, PhD, MSW, (she/her) is a research assistant professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children’s and Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson will be presenting on the Chicago Unites in Research to End (CURE) HIV project (of which ISGMH’s George Greene is the Co-PI). The objective of the study is to engage communities disproportionately impacted by HIV (young MSM, MSM of color, transwomen and ciswomen of color) in mixed methods research to assess their understanding of and interest in HIV cure research. Dr. Johnson will give a brief overview of social science HIV cure research, present the study aims and update on our study progress.


Dr. Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has advanced training in program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis. In addition, Dr. Johnson has a background in social work and therefore brings a strengths-based trauma-informed approach to her research and evaluation work. Dr. Johnson’s primary area of expertise and interest lies in applied HIV and STI prevention and care intervention research. Her work focuses on high priority areas of HIV intervention implementation, risk assessment and developing/assessing prevention packages, as well as in adolescent sexual health. Feinberg faculty profile


Judith T. Moskowitz, PhD, MPH, (she/her) is a social/health psychologist who conducts patient-oriented research (POR) regarding behavioral and psychosocial factors in the context of significant illness or other life stress. She will be presenting on a positive emotion intervention for people newly diagnosed with HIV.


Dr. Moskowitz’s current research is focused on the adaptive role of positive emotion regulation for support of beneficial health behavior change (such as diet and physical activity) and prevention of maladaptive health behaviors (such as substance abuse.) Funded by NIMH, NIDDK, NIDA, and NINR, she examines the unique adaptive role of positive emotion in the process of coping with various types of health-related and other life stress and, through randomized trials, determine whether a positive emotion regulation intervention developed by her team can increase positive affect, reduce stress and depression, and improve health behaviors in at risk samples. Feinberg faculty profile


Sarah Penzell, MA, CCC-SLP, (she/her) is a lecturer in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a clinical supervisor in the Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language with a background in acquired neurogenic communication disorders, fluency disorders, accent modification and transgender voice/communication therapy. Prior to working as a clinical instructor at Northwestern, Penzell was a rehabilitation speech-language pathologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. School of Communication faculty profile


Nathan Waller, MM, MA, CCC-SLP, (he/him) is a lecturer in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a clinical supervisor in the Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A former chorus director and voice instructor, Nathan works exclusively in the diagnoses and treatment of voice disorders in both singers and non-singers. In addition to his work as a voice therapist he has a background providing communication services for transgender and gender non-conforming clients ranging from adolescents to adulthood. School of Communication faculty profile



Sarah Penzell and Nathan Waller will be presenting together on BeHeard, an adolescent voice and communication program that is a partnership between Lurie Children’s Gender Development Program and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. The model discussed is for a 6 to 8 week course for transgender or gender non-conforming youth. Screening of participants and class structure will be discussed as well as evidence-based therapy practices that have been modified for this population. These include vocal hygiene practices, respiratory retraining, rate and volume, resonance, pitch modification and language (semantics/syntax, pragmatics and non-verbal communication).


This event has reached capacity. We invite you to view the live stream on BlueJeans!


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